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Bumblebees not doing so hot either
« on: October 09, 2007, 09:29:17 AM »
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/science/20071007-2339-farmscene-plightofbumblebee.html

Bumblebees may bee in more danger than Honeybees.

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Re: Bumblebees not doing so hot either
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007, 11:03:10 AM »
Brendhan, by the way, I love that you give us these sites to read.  Yeah!!!  This is a sorry thing about the bumblebee species this guy could not find, bummer.  Have a great and wonderful day, great life.  Cindi
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Re: Bumblebees not doing so hot either
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2007, 07:46:49 PM »
I'm baffled every fall when the farmers cut all of the weeds down in all of the ditches, ending the last of the forage for all the pollinators.  That's devastating enough.  Then, of course, Varroa seem to be affecting the bumble bees.
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Re: Bumblebees not doing so hot either
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 05:47:52 PM »
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Then, of course, Varroa seem to be affecting the bumble bees.

Perhaps, nearly sure, is the Nosema.

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Re: Bumblebees not doing so hot either
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007, 06:38:37 PM »
i have noticed that the bumble bees here come in cycles.  some years i see none.  some years, like this year, they are all over the place.  in fact, this year i saw more than in any other year, and in more variety.  the bees may not have had much of a year, but the bumbles were booming.
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